Board submits ‘last stand’ report

Board of trustees hands over report to Middle States Commission By Cheryl Hehl, Staff Writer With its monitoring report now in the hands of the agency that will determine whether Kean University is worthy of keeping the accreditation it held since 1960, university officials await a critical visit next week that could play heavily into the […]

New chamber located in Roselle Park focuses on helping veterans

By Paul Greulich,  Staff Writer  ROSELLE PARK — Veterans with aspirations in the field of business now have a special resource to help them — the Veteran’s Chamber of Commerce, a new, statewide organization headquartered in Roselle Park. The Veterans’ Chamber of Commerce was started over the summer as a result of collaboration between businessman […]

Chemical leak imperils school in Hillside

By Paul Greulich, Staff Writer HILLSIDE— Just weeks after the discovery of hazardous chemicals below Walter O. Krumbiegel Middle School, officials have declared the building safe for students. While school is opening as planned this week, months of remediation efforts remain ahead in order to remove the contaminants from the site. Testing by the New […]

Board submits ‘last stand’ report

At meeting: ‘Where is the acknowledgement of personal responsibility?’ By Cheryl Hehl,  Staff Writer UNION COUNTY — Although most board meetings during the past year have begun in front of a large, raucous audience that jammed Kean Hall and spilled into the hallways and courtyard beyond, the Aug. 30 meeting was attended by a sparse crowd devoid of […]

Mason gets OK from state to ‘double dip’ in Cranford

By Cheryl Hehl, Staff Writer CRANFORD — After receiving clarification from the state, the township is moving forward this week with selecting a new police chief so Police Chief Eric Mason can retire and permanently assume the administrator’s spot. Monday Deputy Mayor Andis Kalnins confirmed the township was able to clarify the confusion that arose […]

Clark LL team captures District 10 championship

The Clark 12-and-under Little League traveling baseball team captured its ninth district championship and fifth in the last 20 years by winning District 10 honors last month. In double-elimination competition,Clark – with one loss – faced undefeated Sayre Woods South. In order to win the championship,Clark had to defeatSWS twice. Clark posted a 7-5 win […]

Planning Board reviews trailers at Franklin School

By Paul Greulich, Staff Writer SUMMIT — Overcrowding at Franklin Elementary School has necessitated the installation of temporary classroom units, or TCUs, which are expected to be installed sometime this fall. One TCU would serve as a music classroom and one would be an art classroom. At present the school does not have dedicated art and […]

Mayor supercedes council, plans for Schulhafer as chief

LINDEN — Police Capt. James Schulhafer will be assuming the police chief position, provisional or otherwise, at some point. The question of when exactly that will happen still remains up in the air. Last week Mayor Rich Gerbounka received approval from the New Jersey Civil Service Division to appoint Schulhafer as provisional chief, bumping Salvatore […]

Christie’s office addresses Kean probation

By Cheryl Hehl,  Staff Writer It appears Gov. Chris Christie is well aware of the problems facing Kean University. In fact, the office of the Secretary of Higher Education has been quietly working with the board of trustees for several months to ensure this state university does not lose accreditation. According to sources close to […]

Dear Middle States, Kean has no standards

By Cheryl Hehl, Staff Writer UNION COUNTY – An 11th hour letter from the commission that holds Kean University’s accreditation in their hands recently raised red flags about three additional standards that have never been called into question before. One of them specifically deals with political intervention in education. This all came to the forefront after […]